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on the u.s. government and one of the most prestigious universities in the united states. dan simon is "outfront." >> a brilliant computer programmer. a world-class university, and a federal prosecutor. a three-way collision that some speculate led to a deepening depression for 26-year-old aaron schwartz. schwartz was best known as the co founder of reddit, a widely used social news and entertainment website built around user submitted content. president obama even used reddit to reach more than 5 million voters in his re-election campaign. most of them young people. in his short live, he became a folk hero, pushing to make web content free. but with prosecutors pressing serious charges, schwartz hanged himself friday in his brooklyn apartment. his lawyer said he doesn't know what put him over the edge, but the notion of prison time had him deeply worried. >> i know this case was weighing heavily on his mind and was a significant source of stress for him. >> the freedom to connect, like freedom of speech or like the freedom to murder. >> the case stemming from schwartz's passionate
analyst, dan abrs. nev, let me begin with you. maybe this is a generational thing. i look at the facts. a relationship going on several months. they never meet. i say, there's no way this is true. but you believe him. >> yeah. i stand by the guy. my heart goes out to him. i feel like he's dealing with more emotionally than anyone's giving him credit for. his heart was broken. he's grieving, a girl whether she existed or not, those are real feelings. >> your brother says he was the victim of a hoax like this. what were you able to discover in this story? >> my brother's been deep in it with his co-host, max joseph. and they uncovered a few other people that were duped by the fake lennay character. sort of like my brother's story, it's bigger than just manti. there were other people she was corresponding with, before and maybe even during her relationship. >> you went and looked at the interviews, how long was it able to go on so long without being uncovered? >> when you want something bad enough, in his case, a connection with someone, you're willing to ignore a lot of red flags and cre
. >> reporter: dan harris, abc news, new york. >> fascinating stuff. >> the church had a response to the book, saying it is stale. the allegations invented by a handful of confessed liars. and we're right back. ♪ >>> well, before you could get advice from all of your facebook friends, remember those days there was dear abby. it was a baseline for american behavior. >> her real name was pauline phillips and she passed away at the age of 94. >> reporter: she was google and groucho all in one. delivering wise one liners in answer to any question. a reader once asked is it possible to get pregnant under water? her response? not without a man. her audience was bigger than oprah's. >> i asked her what paper would you buy? >> i read the one that has dear abby. >> reporter: fozy bear's favorite. dexter's, too. >> dear abby, i'm a serial killer. >> reporter: dear abby always judged problems with common sense without judging the readers too harshly. >> i'm a hills boro housewife. i never worked a day of my life. >> reporter: she told larry king she got her big break when she barged into the editor's
with former church officials, and some of its famous members were also interviewed. here's abc's dan harris. >> you see things the way they are. >> reporter: from celebrity members like tom cruise, to the legions of unknown uniformed worker bees behind the scenes, the book "going clear" is a sweeping look at scientology. >> life after death is life after death. >> reporter: the book traces the faith of its founding ron l. hubbard to its current leader, david miscavige. >> i've never met a more competent, a more intelligent, a more tolerant and compassionate being. we are lucky it have you and thank you very much. >> reporter: but some have accused >> reporter: but some have and miscavige of being physically abusive. debbie cook once ran the flag base in clear water, florida. >> i witnessed mr. miscavige physically punching. >> reporter: as part of a now settled court battle with the church, she testified she saw miscavige punch a fellow scientology executive and that while he never hit her, he did order his secretary to do so. you're in a room with her and he tells his secretary to slap you
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